Groundbreaking Films Promoting Sexual Freedom

Written by Mark Rausch

Last Tango in Paris (1973)

When Bernardo Bertolucci’s film premiered at the New York Film Festival, film critic Pauline Kael said it was the most landmark moment for cinema up to that time. Her famous review can be read at The Criterion Collection. What she reacted to is the film’s unflinching totality of emotions that are dealt with through mechanical sexcapades. Marlon Brando, in one of film’s most lauded performances, plays the saddest man in the world who has a sexual liaison with a young French woman (Maria Schneider). Their names are not revealed. He cannot hide his pain and sorrowful history. It’s one of the most visceral viewing experiences to this day, and the stick of butter? Just see the film.